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Sports, Games and Recreation Rare & Antiquarian Books

Hobbies & Crafts

The time we spend engaged in play defines us as much as what we do at work. Here are works on hobbies as varied as stage magic to quilting to underwater basket weaving.

Fishing & Angling

The brook in the countryside with an angler before dawn pitted in battle with a trout. From the Compleat Angler to Old Man and the Sea, fishing has occupied a unique and hallowed place in the imagination and literature.

Golf

Since its 15th-century invention in Scotland, the game of golf has produced countless books of instruction, memoirs, and flights of fancy. Here is a small selection of the most interesting of this singular diversion.

Gambling and Gaming

Beware the lure of Lady Luck! Enjoy the collection of books and ephemera about games of chance and skill: from poker to the sport of kings, from Las Vegas to the casinos of Europe.

Hunting and Fire Arms

China is credited with both the invention of gunpowder and the first firearm, but the Western world has built a unique relationship with the guns that we use to hunt and defend. Here are some of the tomes that describe arms through history.

Baseball

As American as apple pie, the game of Baseball has fired the imagination of sportsmen, novelists, and historians since its creation.

Martial Arts

Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Karate, and Kendo are only a few examples featured within. Whether for self-defense, fitness, or meditation, here is a small collection of books on martial arts.

Soccer

The most popular sport in the world! It is more properly called "football" everywhere in the world but America.

Sport and Sporting

A lovely miscellany. Everything else on the nature of sporting, physical activity, and games not otherwise mentioned thus far.

Chess

Chess has an extraordinary ability to relevant throughout the ages. Here are some collectible and unusual books on the game of royals.